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'A Third Colour'
with Alan Dunnett and Alix Emery
Thursday 24th May, 7pm
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Rojava: Revolution, War and the Future of Syria's Kurds’
with Thomas Schmidinger
Thursday 31st May, 7pm
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‘Sex, Shame and Problematic Ancestry in Queer Poetry’
with Richard Scott and Keith Jarrett.
Hosted by Eleanor Penny
Wednesday 6th June, 7pm
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The Experiment: Georgia's Forgotten Revolution 1918-1921’ with Eric Lee
Wednesday 13th June, 7pm
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FEMINIST FORTNIGHT

Feminism is Magic: Feminist Book Fortnight Launch Party
Friday 15th June, 7pm
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Feminism and Complicity with Ellie Jupp, Sara de Jong and Sanders-McDonagh
Wednesday 20th June, 7pm
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Hallelujah for 50ft Women: Poems with The Raving Beauties
Thursday 21st June, 7pm
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Depraved & Corrupted: Feminism, Sexuality & Obscenity Law
with Catherine Scott, Lola PhoenixZak Jane Keir, Itziar Bilbao Urrutia
Wednesday 27th June, 7pm
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IN-STORE EVENTS at HOUSMANS

We regularly have a variety of events in the shop, and are always welcome for suggestions from authors, artists and campaigners who want to use the shop for evening events. Past events include talks, book signings, film screenings, art exhibitions and musical performances.

Click here for an archive; which includes a number of selected filmed highlights, of our previous events. Also, you can view video from some special events here.

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MAY 2018

A Third Colour
Poems by Alan Dunnett with images by Alix Emery

Thursday 24th May, 7pm
Free Entry


A Third Colour is a book of visionary parables. Through the sheen of vivid, simple narratives and vignettes, we glimpse more disturbing, ambivalent themes of alienation, dislocation and suffering, the psychological fallout of anxiety in modern capitalist culture. The subtly expressed unease and angst is perfectly complemented by the restrained, fractured images by Alix Emery, which add depth, colour and enhanced meanings to the poems.

These are serious, quietly passionate poems, about topics that matter in life: love and hurt and justice. Some are masterpieces of humanity and compassion, concerned with mothers and daughters, and with brothers and sisters. As Bernard O’Donoghue says in the Foreword, ‘these are poems of the first importance by the least self-important of writers.’

A Third Colour has introductions by Bernard O'Donoghue and Sarah Woodfine. It is edited by Mike Quille and published by Culture Matters.

About the Author and Artist

Alan Dunnett works mainly for MA Screen at Drama Centre, Central Saint Martins, UAL, where he is also a UCU site rep. His poetry has appeared online and in magazines, ezines and anthologies, including Culture Matters, Stand, Skylight 47, The Rialto, Poetry News, Dead Ink, The Interpreter's House, nthposition, The Recusant, The Best New British and Irish Poets 2016 (Eyewear) and The Robin Hood Book. Further information:http://alandunnett.co.uk/index.htm

Alix Emery is an artist and illustrator based in London who studied at Central Saint Martins, UAL. In her final year she was awarded the Grand Prix LVMH Scholarship in BA Fine Art. She has had work exhibited at Tate St Ives, Birmingham Hippodrome, The Truman Brewery, Tenderbooks, The House of Blah Blah, and PS Mirabel.

BOOK EVENT
Rojava: Revolution, War and the Future of Syria's Kurds’
with Thomas Schmidinger
Thursday 31st May, 7pm
Entry £3 redeemable against purchase

The Kurdish territory of Rojava in Syria has become a watchword for radical democracy, communalism and gender equality. But while Western radicals continue to project their own values onto the revolution, the complexities of the situation are often overlooked or misunderstood.

Based on over 17 years of research and fieldwork, Thomas Schmidinger provides a detailed introduction to the history and political situation in Rojava. Outlining the history of the Kurds in Syria from the late Ottoman Empire until the Syrian civil war, he describes the developments in Rojava since 2011: the protests against the regime, the establishment of a Kurdish para-state, the conflicts between the parties about the administration of the Kurdish territory and how the PYD and its People’s Councils rule the territory.

The book draws on interviews with political leaders of different parties, civil society activists, artists, fighters and religious leaders in order to paint a complex picture of the historical conflict and the contemporary situation.

About the Speaker

Thomas Schmidinger is a Political Scientist and Cultural Anthropologist based at the University of Vienna. He is Secretary General of the Austrian Association for Kurdish studies. He is the author of Rojava (Pluto, 2018), which received the Mezlum Bagok award. He has written extensively on Kurdistan, Sudan, Kosovo, jihadism, migration and Muslim communities in Europa.

JUNE 2018

LOCOMOTRIX PRESENTS
‘Sex, Shame and Problematic Ancestry in Queer Poetry’
with Richard Scott and Keith Jarrett.
Hosted by Eleanor Penny
Wednesday 6th June, 7pm
Booking essential. Tickets here.

We are very excited to announce poets Richard Scott and Keith Jarrett will be reading at the Summer Locomotrix alongside Housmans Poet in Residence Eleanor Penny.

Richard will be reading from his critically acclaimed collection 'Soho' (published by Faber) and Keith will be reading from his collection 'Selah'. They will be joined by Eleanor to explore the theme of (often problematic) literary gay ancestry and how sex and shame have influenced their work.

About the Speakers


Keith Jarrett is a former UK and Rio International slam champion, Keith Jarrett is a PhD scholar at Birkbeck University, where he is completing his first novel. His monologue, Safest Spot in Town, was aired on BBC Four last summer. His book of poetry, Selah, was published in 2017.

Richard Scott was born in London in 1981. His pamphlet Wound (Rialto) won the Michael Marks Poetry Award 2016 and his poem 'crocodile' won the 2017 Poetry London Competition. Soho (Faber & Faber) is his first book.

Eleanor Penny is a writer, poet and journalist. She's the online editor at Red Pepper, a senior editor at Novara Media, and Housmans Writer in Residence 2018.

BOOK EVENT
The Experiment:
Georgia's Forgotten Revolution 1918-1921’
with Eric Lee
Wednesday 13th June, 7pm
Entry £3 redeemable against purchase

For many the Russian Revolution of 1917 was a symbol of hope. In the eyes of its critics, however, Soviet authoritarianism and the horrors of the gulags have led to the revolution becoming synonymous with oppression, threatening to forever taint the very idea of socialism.

The experience of Georgia, which declared its independence from Russia in 1918, tells a different story. In this riveting history, Eric Lee explores the little-known saga of the country’s experiment in democratic socialism, detailing the epic, turbulent events of this forgotten chapter in revolutionary history. Along the way, we are introduced to a remarkable cast of characters – among them the men and women who strove for a more inclusive vision of socialism that featured multi-party elections, freedom of speech and assembly, a free press and a civil society grounded in trade unions and cooperatives.

Though the Georgian Democratic Republic lasted for just three years before it was brutally crushed on the orders of Stalin, it was able to offer, however briefly, a glimpse of a more humane alternative to the Soviet reality that was to come.

About the Speakers

Eric Lee is a journalist and historian who has spent over thirty years researching independent Georgia, and has himself been active in trade union and political struggles in both the US and UK. His previous works include Saigon to Jerusalem: Conversations with Israel's Vietnam Veterans (1993) and Operation Basalt: The British Raid on Sark and Hitler's Commando Order (2016).

FEMINIST FORTNIGHT
Feminism is Magic: Feminist Book Fortnight Launch Party
Friday 15th June, 7pm
Free Entry
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To celebrate Feminist Book Fortnight at Housmans, come join us on Friday June 15 from 6.30pm for drinks, feminist tunes and...

**very special discount on feminist titles (fiction and non-fiction, poetry, and small press) plus new titles specially in store for FBF** 

No need to pre-book, free entry so just turn up with all your intersectional feminist mates!

What is Feminist Book Fortnight?

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of (some) UK women getting the vote, a group of independent bookshops is launching Feminist Book Fortnight, to take place 16-30 June 2018: https:// www.thebookseller.com/news/ feminist-fortnight-769166

Housmans is proud to be participating in Feminist Book Fortnight by holding a variety of events, which include:

-Feminism and Complicity (Wed 20 June)
-Hallelujah for 50ft Women (Thurs 21 June)
-Depraved & Corrupted: Feminism, Sexuality & Obscenity Law (Wed 27 June)

FEMINIST FORTNIGHT
Feminism and Complicity

with Ellie Jupp, Sara de Jong and Sanders-McDonagh
Wednesday 20th June, 7pm
Entry £3 redeemable against purchase
Tickets in advance from Billetto essential

In 2017 the words ‘feminism’ and ‘complicity’ were both chosen as the ‘words of the year’ by respectively Merriam-Webster Dictionary andDictionary.com 

In this roundtable, three feminists and academics discuss the relation between the two terms. 

They will reflect on how some forms of feminism have been complicit with perpetuating injustices and inequalities, for example by colluding with neoliberalism, racism and trans-exclusion. Each of the speakers will draw on their respective research projects on women and austerity, sex workers, and NGOs to challenge feminist practices and ask if we are doing enough to build solidarities across movements. 

They will also discuss questions of the co-optation and instrumentalisation of feminisms, majority women’s investments and interests as well as strategies to refuse and resist complicity.

Ellie Jupp is a Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Kent. She is interested in women and community organising, especially in the context of austerity; and gender, emotions and embodiment in relation to welfare and social policy.

Sara de Jong is co-lead of the Justice, Borders, Rights research stream and Research Fellow of the Strategic Research Area Citizenship & Governance at The Open University. Her political and academic interests include social movements and NGOs’ activities in the field of migration, development and gender, and the dilemmas raised when trying to ‘do good’.

Erin Sanders-McDonagh is a Critical Criminologist and the Director of Studies for the Criminology Programme at the University of Kent. Her research explores inequality in different forms, and she has worked with a range of marginalised groups in recent research projects (eg. sex workers, young men in gangs, women who have experienced sexual or domestic violence). Erin has a strong commitment to working with scholars from across disciplinary boundaries and to moving research findings beyond academia into the public arena.

Recent publications include:

Women and Sex Tourism Landscapes. UK: Routledge by Sanders-McDonagh, (2016) Erin Sanders-McDonagh,

Complicit Sisters: Gender and Women's Issues across North-South Divides by Sara de Jong (2017)

Emotional States: Sites and spaces of affective governance
Edited by Eleanor Jupp

FEMINIST FORTNIGHT
Hallelujah for 50ft Women: Poems with The Raving Beauties

Thursday 21st June, 7pm
Entry £3 redeemable against purchase
Tickets in advance from Billetto essential

Come to Housmans to celebrate Feminist Book Fortnight with a performance by Raving Beauties of poetry selected from Hallelujah for 50ft Women, a poetry anthology that sings the praises of women's bodies: bodies of all sizes, ages and colours.

Raving Beauties women’s theatre company was born out of a deep sense of frustration with domesticity, naivete and a burning need for a creative outlet. It led to an enormous personal, political and professional learning curve. Hallelujah for 50ft Women is their third anthology of women’s poetry. Their first book, In the Pink (The Women’s Press), sold thousands and was reprinted six times.

Our relationship to our bodies is affected by many things including culture, religion, family, sex, hunger, pleasure and pain. This newanthology is inspired by a passionate desire to celebrate our bodies in a fully realised way, leaving Barbie’s grotesque silent pliability in her box for good. Instead of pouting, our mouths have the power of language, our romantic fluttering hearts give and receive compassion, skin ages with grace when we see beauty in everything, a pierced belly button connects us to our ancestors and a belly needs to be strong before it's flat.

The poems within Hallelujah for 50ft Women selected from over a thousand submissions. New poets share this anthology with established writers such as Selima Hill, Kim Addonizio, Jackie Kay and Helen Dunmore. By revealing the complex depths of our relationships with our bodies Hallelujah for 50ft Women makes a much needed contribution to a compassionate understanding of our evolving selves.

Raucous feminist fun and irreverence guaranteed!

FEMINIST FORTNIGHT
Depraved & Corrupted: Feminism, Sexuality & Obscenity Law

with Catherine Scott, Lola Phoenix, Zak Jane Keir, Itziar Bilbao Urrutia 
Wednesday 27h June, 7pm
Entry £3 redeemable against purchase
Tickets in advance from Billetto essential
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In what promises to be a lively, risque and feminist-centric discussion as part of Feminist Book Fortnight, four people with very different experiences of obscenity law discuss what the term means in supposedly liberal modern society, and its implications for those whose sexuality still falls outside of Gayle Rubin’s ‘charmed circle’. 

Catherine Scott’s upcoming book "To Deprave & Corrupt" applies a sex-positive, feminist lens to the strange and inconsistent history of how obscenity has been defined in Britain. In conversation with erotic writer Zak Jane Keir, author and LGBT activist Lola Phoenix and feminist porn producer Itzi Urrutia.

As Scott’s book explores, how did we get from a world where the term ‘atheist’ used to be synonymous with ‘pervert’, to a legal landscape where face-sitting is seen as a life-threatening act which must be censored?

Reviews of Catherine Scott

“In her debut, Thinking Kink, Catherine Scott demolished the myths behind the barbed relationship of feminism and BDSM. Now, in To Deprave and Corrupt, she turns her gimlet eye on the chequered history of British obscenity laws. Scott’s breadth of knowledge is astonishing, and her prose is immensely readable (and, at times, very funny indeed): she’s achieved in To Deprave and Corrupt that rare goal of scholarly writing that doesn’t snare the reader at every turn in theoretical thickets of academic jargon.” Dr Emma Rees, Institute of Gender Studies, Chester University

Catherine Scott will lead a panel featuring:

Lola Phoenix  
Lola is an agender identified LGBT activist, working in various capacities for a better world for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people since the ripe age of 12. Lola volunteers for a variety of organisations including Action for Trans Health and Stonewall Housing.

Zak Jane Keir
Zak Jane Keir is a veteran writer about sex and sexuality, happy to be known as a pornographer, feminist, storyteller and Morris dancer. She has been a member of Feminists against Censorship for a couple of decades at leat and was part of the launch team on For Women magazine in the early 90s. Now she writes mainly erotic fiction though is considering putting her memoirs out, runs bookstalls at fetish markets and does a few other things when she gets round to it.

Itziar Bilbao Urrutia 
Aka Ms Tytania, aka The Urban Chick Supremacy Cell, is a fetish video producer, visual artist and writer. Her background in art, with an MA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, gave her a creative and critical approach to fetish, and specifically, to her her sexuality, Femdom.

From 2010, she has been working on, The Urban Chick Supremacy Cell (http://uc-sc-femdom.com/), a fetish content website where she explores new narratives and representations of female sexual dominance, challenging the male gaze hegemony of mainstream porn. 

The UC-SC places Femdom within the aesthetics and rhetoric of historical political radicalism, such as Valerie Solanas and Ulkrike Meinhoff. The UC-SC was the first independent adult studio to win against ATVOD's proposed banning and censorship of non-normative porn production in UK.

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